The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 

A young man wakes up at his own funeral and wants to know what the heck is going on. The townfolk are glad to see him back, but they begin to wonder if he's a man.. or something else?

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Jeff Myrtlebank
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Comfort Gatewood
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Doc Bolton
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Orgram Gatewood
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Peters
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Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ...
Strauss
Ezelle Poule ...
Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ...
Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ...
Ma Gatewood
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Reverend Siddons
Mabel Forrest ...
Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes ...
Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector ...
Tom (as Pat Hector)
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Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by garykmcd

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23 February 1962 (USA)  »

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A mailbox by the side of street reads "M. Pittman", for the director and writer of the episode Montgomery Pittman See more »

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When Jeff's fiancée, Comfort, comes to warn him about the angry group of men coming to threaten him, the line in the script is "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men comin' out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the county." Instead, Sherry Jackson, the actress playing Comfort, flubs the line, and says "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men coming out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the COUNTRY." Jackson apparently had been having so much trouble saying the line as written that director, Montgomery Pittman, left the mistaken word in the final cut. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Jeff and Comfort are still alive today, and their only son is a United States Senator. He's noted as an uncommonly shrewd politician, and some believe he must have gotten his education - in The Twilight Zone.
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Saw this last night on KDOC!
27 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like one reviewer put it, the twilight zone is just magical. James Best does an excellent job with this character and the reactions from the townspeople are right on. This episode is open to interpretation, but I'm sure after viewing it you'll ponder what has become of his soul.

Although the narration leads us to the conclusion that he is a demon who has gained the power to become a senator, one still may have doubt to what has happened in this hick town.

Great Show! I'm interested in purchasing this whole se to show this to my soon to be kids. There is nothing decent on television anymore, and I'm afraid the imagination that the Twilight Zone offered will never exist again. Shows these days focus too much on sex.


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